I'd like to take credit for that coming together of bodies - because I think it was the guacamole. The first lunch date, I made fresh, homemade guacamole, and brought in a plastic container with a bag of chips. My daughter and I shared it with one boy, who just couldn't keep his hands out of it. Their teachers came out and talked with us and also ate some guacamole. The next lunch, I also brought it and then a few more kids couldn't keep their hands out of it. Before I knew it, I felt that bringing the guacamole and chips and a tub of cut watermelon was my assignment and I did it. And the crowd that gathered at the table was steady and the kids enjoyed it. We shared that guacamole and chips, laughed together and got through the emotions of sending our children to school. And the kids - they became friends. My daughter still talks about those times eating with her friends at the table outside of her classroom.
The lesson in all of this - you want to make friends? Bring some guacamole to the table.
Avocados generally come to the market pretty hard - makes for better transportation. So how do you ripen them?
Can you identify the picture below?
2 ripe avocados (I prefer Haas, but get what you can.)
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (more if you like some kick)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped
2 T finely chopped cilantro
In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Using a fork, add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic.